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58 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
teaCHIng & LeaRnIng
facultY of nursing &
midwifErY & school
of nursing
Preparations are underway to celebrate the 40
years of nursing education and research at the
RCSI in 2014.
Given nursing's long history in Ireland, it is recognised that the period of the late 20th century
and early 21st century represented the greatest change and progress in Irish nursing and
midwifery. As one of the earliest and longest-serving providers of nurse education in Ireland,
the influence of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in the evolution of Irish nursing and
midwifery is evident.
Since its foundation the Faculty has sought to maintain the highest standards in education
and training for health professionals. In working with health services and senior nurses, RCSI
has ensured wide ranging and relevant programmes of education for nurses and midwives
from a variety of clinical specialties. The programmes range from Certificate level to PhD
(level 8 to level 10), with a close alignment to clinical practice. In line with its philosophy,
the Faculty has an inherent aim, through its programmes, to develop a caring, reflective
practitioner who has the ability to seek out and use research-based knowledge for the
purpose of improving patient care.
Education Programmes
During the year, 572 nurses and midwives registered as RCSI nursing and midwifery students.
All nursing and midwifery education programmes are compliant with the Bologna Accord
and the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and are approved through the National
University of Ireland (NUI) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The programmes
are based on a modular system, incorporate accreditation of prior learning, and facilitate
flexible pathways to NUI educational awards. In accordance with the NFQ, educational
awards are offered at level 8: bachelors, level 9: masters, and level 10: PhD. Students
may study for major, minor and supplemental and special purpose awards. Successful
interdisciplinary education collaboration continues with the Schools of Medicine and
Pharmacy, and the Department of Surgical Affairs.

All nursing and midwifery education programmes are currently delivered through a blended
learning model. Blended learning involves online computer-medicated teaching combined
with face-to-face teaching. Combining these two learning strategies, using the benefits of
each, has resulted in greater accessibility to learning, for students. Our aim is to continue to
be innovative, flexible and responsive to our potential student population in our educational
approach. We are currently working towards the development of an exclusive eLearning
model of educational provision for some of our education programmes.
In support of national health policy and in collaboration with the HSE and individual hospitals
we offer a vibrant Advanced Nurse Practitioner programme, and we currently provide a
national programme in Epilepsy and a national programme in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing.
Our aim is to continue to be
innovative, flexible and responsive
to our potential student
population in our educational
approach.